About Tasmania, Australia
Birthplace of Beauty and the Bees
Tasmania, Australia is the only place on the planet where the leatherwood flower grows, and the only place where bees produce leatherwood honey, a distinctive and uniquely flavor honey, is in the World Heritage forests of remote western Tasmania. First inhabited some 50,000 years ago, Tasmania is an Australian island state of breathtaking coastlines and mountains, majestic forests and crystalline lakes. Over one third of the state is National Park and Wilderness World Heritage Area, and is the habitat for many rare plants and animals, including the fabled Tasmanian devil. No wonder Tasmania is one of Lonely Planet’s 10 Top Destinations.
What’s more, Tasmania officially has the cleanest air in the world, which together with its pure waters, fertile soils and perfectly temperate climate, yields world-renowned quality foods and natural products. Its ancient pristine rainforests are home to bees that are free of any colony collapses. These bees produce the certified organic honey and beeswax that are the essence of the Beauty & The Bees product line. Tasmania being the birthplace of Green Politics, this ideal, GMO and insecticide-free environment is scrupulously protected so that we can continue benefiting from its healthful bounty.
Discover the Beauty & the Bees difference for yourself …products that have no artificial chemicals and no preservatives in them, are completely pure, and found no where else.
Beauty & the Bees use only premium quality Australian ingredients found among the healthy gourmet foods you eat and drink. Ingredients like our island’s unique raw, unpasteurized Leatherwood honey, certified organic olive oil, certified organic/biodynamic Tasmanian herbs.
Only the highest quality honey, nut, plant and herb oils-all at effective concentrations.
Hence the products are especially soothing and healing for those whose skin has been sensitized and damaged by years of exposure to chemical skincare products.
Salamanca Market Tasmania Hobart
Local Tasmanian Crafts. Where Beauty and the Bees began selling!
Mona Museum of Old and New Art
MONA FOMA (aka Mofo; mofo.net.au) is the Festival of Music & Art, held in January. Under the auspices of Brian Ritchie, the bass player from the Violent Femmes, it will be as edgy, progressive and unexpected as the museum itself. Then, in the still depths of the southern winter, Dark Mofo (darkmofo.net.au) arrives. Skirting the frayed edges of Tasmania’s guilty conscience, this noir package delivers a taut, seductive and joyful series of happenings, installations and performances that will rattle your rusty cage.
10 Days on the Island
10 Days on the Island (tendays.org.au) is the state’s premier arts event, running for (you guessed it) 10 days biennially in March, with events right across the state. Perhaps inspired/threatened by the goings-on at MONA, 2015’s ‘10 Days’ promises a vigorous reinterpretation of formats and thinking. We’re excited.
The Falls Music Arts Festival Tasmania
Taste of Tasmania (thetasteoftasmania.com.au)
Tassie’s big-ticket culinary event is the Taste of Tasmania (thetasteoftasmania.com.au), held on the Hobart waterfront over five days around New Year’s Eve. Timed to coincide with the finish of the epic open-ocean Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (rolexsydneyhobart.com), the Taste recently clocked up 25 years of fab Tassie food, wine, beer and entertainment. It’s generates a huge buzz, with local producers, winemakers and restaurateurs cooking up a storm as the yachts dance across the harbour. Wander through the aisles, grab a glass of something cold, a plate of something hot and tune-in to some live bands.
Tasmania is home to the cleanest most pristine 18 National Parks in the world.
Freycinet National Park
Tasmania has world class cold water breaks and plenty of opportunities to ride uncrowded, pristine waves generated thousands of kilometers away in the Southern Ocean. The best surfing in Tassie often takes some trekking through world heritage areas but pays off with huge breaks and beautiful waves.
It’s 35 minutes drive south from Hobart to the sleepy seaside town of Kettering, where the car and passenger ferry departs regularly for Bruny Island. Bruny is actually two islands, joined by a narrow isthmus known as ‘The Neck’. Sheep dot the emerald countryside of North Bruny, while South Bruny is more mountainous, with plunging sea cliffs, fern-fringed forests and coastal heathland. Both islands have soul-soaring scenery, with great walking tracks and pristine beaches where you can swim, boat, kayak, surf and fish.
Speaking of Tasmanian Tigers, in 2015 the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Launceston will deliver a unique exhibition of rare artefacts, photos and stories entitled The Tasmanian Tiger – Precious Little Remains. Since the last known specimen died in the Hobart Zoo in 1936, the Thylacine (aka Tasmanian Tiger) has become emblematic of much of what has driven and damned Tasmania since white settlement. Hunted, diseased and deeply misunderstood, this shy, stripy wolf-like marsupial didn’t stand much of a chance once European interests started to encroach on its terrain: it was officially declared extinct in 1986, the requisite 50 years after that last, lonely Thyalcine died in the Hobart Zoo.